In an interview with Wired, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid examined the expansion of the country’s digital society. In it, Kaljulaid states the general trust afforded by the state comes from the government’s promise to keep its citizenry safe on the internet, adding, “You can create trust, but you have to create tools and the legal space that supports the security for these tools.” As the country moves to grant legal rights to artificial intelligence agents, Kaljulaid said the push for more proactive state services comes from its citizenry. She stated, “Our people are willing to work with the government on new technologies. Now it’s a habit; every Estonian looks at it as part of our national identity. We understand that this allows us to provide better services to our people than our money would allow.”
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